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Gabbard, Crisp keep momentum as BoSox stomp ChiSox

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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BOSTON -- Kason Gabbard is giving the Red Sox a surprising lift just when they need it.

A 29th-round draft pick by Boston back in 2000, the rookie left-hander pitched superbly for the second time in a week as they hammered the Chicago White Sox for the second straight day, 11-2 on Saturday.

That victory on the day before the first anniversary of his major league debut was another sign of progress.

"I think I've come a long way," Gabbard said, "just trusting myself and, honestly, the game doesn't change from level to level."

Last year he was 9-2 at Double-A, 1-7 at Triple-A and 1-3 with Boston. This season, he's 4-0 with a 2.97 ERA and has allowed three hits in each of his last four starts.

Gabbard, who doesn't throw very hard, allowed three hits and one walk and struck out one in seven innings. He got 15 of his 21 outs on grounders.

The Red Sox were 3-4 during the week and Gabbard had two of those wins, starting with a complete game, three-hit, 4-0 victory last Monday night over Kansas City.

"To follow it up is very impressive," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said.

Coco Crisp matched his career high with five RBI one day after his three-run triple put Boston on top to stay in a 10-3 victory. Saturday's outcome was in doubt until Boston had its biggest inning of the season with seven runs in the seventh.

Crisp singled in two runs before Eric Hinske doubled in the last two. The first three runs of the inning scored on bases-loaded walks.

Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen agreed that the relatively unknown Gabbard was making a name for himself.

"When the guy pitches good, you have to admit it," Guillen said. "He pitched better than (Josh) Beckett" and Daisuke Matsuzaka, who started the first two games of the series.

Gabbard was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket on June 26 after Curt Schilling went on the disabled list. Another starter, Julian Tavarez, has struggled in the last month.

Schilling pitched very well in a three-inning rehab stint at Pawtucket on Saturday night, striking out six and allowing no walks and two hits. He expects to make two more rehab starts.

Gabbard allowed two hits in the second when Chicago scored on doubles by Paul Konerko and Josh Fields. Fields singled in the fifth for the only other hit off Gabbard.

"He's got some movement on his ball," catcher Jason Varitek said. "To be able to mix up his pitches he can get some mishits. That's what he did the last two times."

Crisp went 3-for-4 to raise his batting average to .370 in his last 29 games and .271 for the season.

"He sparks our team," Boston's Dustin Pedroia said. "Defensively, he's the best center fielder in baseball and offensively he makes things happen."

Crisp gave Boston a 2-1 lead in the second with a two-run single off another rookie lefty, John Danks (6-7). He also singled in the second run of the two-run sixth -- after J.D. Drew's RBI double -- against Danks, who was 3-0 in his previous four starts.

But the wildest inning was the seventh.

Hinske led off with a single off Ehren Wasserman, then stole second as Julio Lugo struck out. Pedroia also struck out before Manny Ramirez was walked intentionally. Kevin Youkilis also walked, loading the bases and bringing in Boone Logan.

He walked Drew, forcing in a run, and Dewon Day came in. Day then walked Mike Lowell and Varitek, scoring two more runs. Crisp and Hinske followed with their two-run hits.

"When you don't get hits and the bullpen did what it did the last two nights, you're going to get what we did the last two nights," Guillen said. "A loss."

Notes

  • David Ortiz missed the game with a left shoulder strain but an MRI showed no structural damage. He was expected to sit out Sunday's game, but Francona said, "he's upbeat and so are we." Ortiz was listed as day-to-day.
  • Lugo extended his hitting streak to 11 games by going 1-for-4. He is 20-for-42 in that stretch.
  • Jerry Owens extended his streak to 12 games with a single in the eighth off Boston's Javier Lopez.
  • The seven runs were the most allowed by the White Sox in one inning this season.
  • risp had the third five-RBI game of his career. His last came on July 5 against Tampa Bay.
  • Gabbard is unbeaten in his last eight starts, two of them last year, and has won all five of his starts at Fenway Park.
 
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Boston's Kason Gabbard allows two hits over seven innings while striking out one.  (AP)
Boston's Kason Gabbard allows two hits over seven innings while striking out one. (AP)

Players of the Game
Boston

C. Crisp
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 5
Chicago

P. Konerko
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Chicago White Sox
Jerry Owens, CF4010000 .241
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B4000012 .248
Jim Thome, DH3000000 .284
   a- Alex Cintron, PH-DH1000000 .240
Paul Konerko, 1B3110000 .268
    Luis Terrero, RF1110000 .224
Jermaine Dye, RF2000101 .224
    Rob Mackowiak, 1B1011000 .281
Josh Fields, 3B4021002 .236
Andy Gonzalez, LF4000013 .207
Juan Uribe, SS3000002 .214
Toby Hall, C3010000 .196
Totals3327212  
a-flied out for Thome in the 9th
Batting
2B - Paul Konerko (23, Gabbard), Rob Mackowiak (10, Pineiro), Josh Fields (7, Gabbard)
RBI - Rob Mackowiak (32), Josh Fields (21)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Andy Gonzalez 1
DP - Uribe-Iguchi-Konerko
PB - Toby Hall (3)
Chicago White Sox
John Danks (L,6-7) 6744340 4.88
Ehren Wasserman 0.2133220 20.25
Boone Logan0011100 5.81
Dewon Day 0.1233210 12.27
Charlie Haeger 1100110 1.59
IBB - Ramirez by Ehren Wasserman
Pitches-Strikes - John Danks 90-58, Ehren Wasserman 25-11, Boone Logan 4-0, Dewon Day 34-21, Charlie Haeger 25-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Danks 8-4, Charlie Haeger 1-1
Batters Faced - John Danks 26, Ehren Wasserman 5, Boone Logan 1, Dewon Day 5, Charlie Haeger 5
Boston Red Sox
Julio Lugo, SS5010031 .224
Dustin Pedroia, 2B5020012 .320
Manny Ramirez, DH4200113 .291
Kevin Youkilis, 1B3210212 .310
J.D. Drew, RF3212221 .256
Mike Lowell, 3B2201302 .304
Jason Varitek, C3111103 .269
    Doug Mirabelli, C0000000 .188
Coco Crisp, CF4135000 .271
Wily Mo Pena, LF2000001 .202
   a- Eric Hinske, PH-LF2122000 .216
Totals3311111198  
a-singled for Pena in the 7th
Batting
2B - Julio Lugo (17, Danks), J.D. Drew (18, Danks)
3B - Eric Hinske (3, Day)
RBI - J.D. Drew 2 (37), Mike Lowell (67), Jason Varitek (41), Coco Crisp 5 (38), Eric Hinske 2 (14)
2-OUT RBI - J.D. Drew (17), Mike Lowell (26), Jason Varitek (13), Coco Crisp 3 (14), Eric Hinske 2 (11)
SB - Eric Hinske (1, 2nd base off Wasserman/Hall)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Gabbard-Lugo-Youkilis
Boston Red Sox
Kason Gabbard (W,4-0) 7311110 2.97
Javier Lopez 1200000 3.33
Joel Pineiro 1211010 5.03
Pitches-Strikes - Kason Gabbard 86-51, Javier Lopez 21-14, Joel Pineiro 17-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kason Gabbard 14-5, Javier Lopez 2-1
Batters Faced - Kason Gabbard 24, Javier Lopez 5, Joel Pineiro 5
Game Information
Attendance - 36283
Game Time - 3:05
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Field Culbreth, First Base - Paul Schrieber, Second Base - Tim McClelland, Third Base - Marty Foster